NoMa Beer Fest 2013

NoMa Beer Fest Draws Massive Crowds

First, the good news: The inaugural NoMa Beer Fest attracted more than 5,000 people this past Saturday and thousands enjoyed great local beer, good food and fun music on a delightful August afternoon. Next, the not-so-good news: NoMa Beer Fest attracted more than 5,000 people, and we were caught off guard! Click here to watch a short video capturing the fun at NoMa Beer Fest. The crowds were great, but the lines were longer than we would have liked, and due to such high demand, we conducted a mid-day beer run to purchase more kegs.

We were surprised by the number of people who turned out, given that only a few hundred people bought tickets ahead of time. We will be better prepared to serve DC’s loyal local-beer fans with great brews, food and fun at NoMa Beer Fest next year!

We’d like to thank our sponsors: without the support of Harris Teeter, Union Kitchen, First + M, 77H Apartments, Trilogy NoMa, this event would not have been possible. Thanks to The JBG Companies for providing the site. Special thanks to the hard-working and creative brewers who make the golden libation that was the highlight of this event: DC Brau, Chocolate City Brewing Company, District Chophouse, Capital City Brewing Company, Three Stars Brewing Co., The Brewer’s Art and Right Proper Brewery (opening soon in Shaw).

Didn’t you love the food? Thanks to our food vendors, including Red Hook Lobster Pound and the members of Union Kitchen, including Capital Chicken & WafflesAltis BBQMilk CultThunder Pig ConfectionaryDC Patisserie, Rare SweetsRunning Byrd Iced Tea, Capital Kombucha, and Cherry Blossom Creative.

Thanks to our musicians, Mission South, Johnny Artis and DJ Grey Goon; and to partners Washington Area Bicyclist Association, DC Bocce League, Uber, SCRAP-DC, CNU DC Chapter, and Think Local First DC.

If you have feedback or suggestions about this event, please contact: Rachel Davis, Director of Marketing & Events at [email protected] or 202-289-0111 x.3. NoMa Beer Fest was organized by the NoMa Business Improvement District. Please join us at other NoMa BID events at

Beer Fest Details

Join seven local brewers at NoMa Beer Fest, a free outdoor festival featuring special all-local beers and food, during DC Beer Week (Aug. 11-18). All-local breweries include DC Brau, Chocolate City Brewing, District Chophouse, Capital City Brewing, Three Stars Brewing, The Brewer’s Art and Right Proper Brewery (opening soon in Shaw). View the full beer selection and food vendors below! Hear music by Mission South, a DC-based Roots Rock/Blues band, DJ Grey Goon, and local R&B favorite Johnny Artis. Bring your A-game for corn hole, bocce, and bear pong (that is not a typo!) coached by your friends at DC Bocce League. For the kiddos, SCRAP-DC and CNU DC Chapter is organizing a chalk mural, face painting, magnet crafts, and sprinklers to beat the heat. Join the Washington Area Bicyclist Association for a Met Branch Trail ride and clean-up Saturday morning, then relax at NoMa Beer Fest. Follow @NoMaBID and #NoMaBeerFest for updates and free giveaways.

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2 pm to 8 pm (Last call 7:30 pm) Rain or Shine Location: Parking Lot at 1250 First Street, NE (at First & N Streets) Metro/Bus: NoMa/Gallaudet U (Red Line), or 90/92 Bus on Florida Avenue Admission: FREE. Purchase your beer tickets online now to bypass lines at the event, but you may also purchase beer tickets at the event: $5 beers and four tasting tickets for $10. Early Bird Specials: Through August 13, get three beers for $13 (Tweet #DCBW2013) Under 21? Children and friendly leashed dogs are welcome. IDs will be checked at the gate. This event is free and open to the public.

The Beer

  • Capitol City Brewing Company
    • AMBER WAVES: American-style Amber ale with a lovely red hue and citrusy aroma from Columbus and Cascade hops. A fine balance of hops and sweet malt flavor. 5.6% ABV
    • HONEY 21: Our 21st birthday beer is as lovely as your first legal libation! Brewed with white wheat and honey malt, lowly hopped, and zipped up with clover honey, coriander, and sweet orange peel, this fragrant beer is a great start to your good time! 5.3% ABV
  • District Chophouse
    • HEFEWEIZEN: This beer starts with Pilsener Malt and Wheat Malt, with a touch of Caramel Malt for color. There is little to no hop character present. The star of the show is the yeast in this beer. During fermentation, aromas are produced using a special yeast from Wiehenstephan in Germany. Notes of banana, bubble gum, circus peanuts, and ripe fruit abound. A medium bodied and very refreshing beer, great in warmer weather. 5.6% ABV
    • SOLIDARITY SUMMER ALE: This beer style was chosen to be brewed specifically for DC Beer Week. DC Brau hosted a collaboration brew and then any brewery could create their own version. This is an English Style Summer Ale, light in body with some malt presence and toastiness and finishes dry with a light crisp hop aroma. This version is single hopped with Amarillo, which adds nice grapefruit and citrus aroma. 5.6% ABV
  • DC Brau
    • THE TRADITION: A unique, one-of-a-kind brew, crafted specifically for D.C. United and its fans to enjoy. Only 1,000 gallons of the beer was produced. A Golden Ale that will please a broad spectrum of palettes.
    • HEURICH’S LAGER: DC Brau presents Heurich’s Lager starting August 12 – available at only a few spots during DC Beer Week, including at NoMa Beer Fest! DC Brau collaborated with DC Homebrewers and the Heurich House Museum to create Heurich’s Lager, a historical recreation of the pre-prohibition beer created by the Christian Heurich Brewing Company. Just as most DC residents are closely acquainted with DC Brau today, there was a time in recent history when many Washingtonians knew of Christian Heurich, his successful Foggy Bottom brewery, and his iconic mansion below Dupont Circle. The last time anyone tasted a Heurich beer was 1956, the year his brewery closed and made way for the Kennedy Center. The Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. had been the District’s last production brewery, and no others existed in the city until DC Brau opened in 2011.
  • Right Proper
    • NoMa Beer Fest presents the last three kegs available anywhere of “BRIMSTONE&CLOVER,” the first creation of Right Proper Brewing Company, which opens this fall in DC’s Shaw neighborhood. Right Proper collaborated with The Brewer’s Art in Baltimore to create Brimstone&Clover, a smoked gruit-style beer fermented with a saison yeast strain from Belgium.
  • The Brewer’s Art: The Brewer’s Art is a fine dining restaurant and brewpub in Baltimore, MD, set in an elegant Mt. Vernon townhouse.
    • OZZY: A Golden Strong Ale that pays tribute to the devilish Belgian golden ales as well as the hero of our early adolescence.  Brewed with French malts and Belgian yeast, this beer is a smooth yet complex brew. 7.25% ABV
    • BIRDHOUSE: This summer-long tribute to the Orioles may get a frosty reception in Nats territory, but its well-balanced, earthy and hoppy flavors should please even the most hardened Washingtonians. 5% ABV
  • Chocolate City
    • FIRST COAST BOHEMIAN PILS: This Czech-Styled Pilsner has a rich gold Pilsner body, slight spice from a touch of rye and is aggressively hopped with Saaz Hops.
    • 1814 ESB: British-style session bitter with smooth maltiness and finely balanced hops. 4% ABV
  • Three Stars:
    • LIME BASIL SAISON: This summer saison made with Motueka and Pacific Jade hops is an easy-drinking summer ale with subtle aromas of basil and pepper and an underlying bite of citrus from fresh lime peels. 4.6% ABV
    • PEPPERCORN SAISON: This Belgian-style farmhouse ale has a slightly sweet fruity nose, hints of grass and coriander, smooth underlying bitterness, clean dry finish, and smooth lingering citrus notes. 6.5% ABV
    • SOLIDARITY SUMMER ALE: Three Stars Brewing’s version of the collaboration ale created in honor of DC Beer Week.

The Food

Savory: Capital Chicken & Waffles, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Altis BBQ (Carolina-style BBQ smoked right here in the District). The dynamic duo at Milk Cult will be making brats. Border Springs Farm will be selling lamb sausage, gyros, and Capital Kombucha: Healthy, refreshing and built with subtle flavor, this probiotic strong beverage features organic and seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Snacks, Sweets & Beverages: The Lady Chefs of Thunder Pig Confectionary, DC Patisserie, and Rare Sweets at Union Kitchen have joined forces to bring a collective of sweet and savory snacks, including a lemonade berry shandy with DC brew and, of course, a non-alcoholic lemonade. Running Byrd Iced Tea: Hand-brewed teas defined by the freshest flavors of the season. Milk Cult brings you cold-brewed coffee, innovative ice cream sandwiches, perfect for a hot day. To show your neighborhood pride, you’ll be able to purchase colorful prints including the all-new NoMa neighborhood map by the artistically inclined ladies of Cherry Blossom Creative!

Organized by the NoMa BID. Hosted by The JBG Companies. Sponsored by First + M, Harris Teeter, Union Kitchen, Trilogy NoMa and 77H Apartments. Thanks to our partners Washington Area Bicyclist Association, DC Bocce League, Uber, SCRAP-DC, CNU DC Chapter, DC Brau, District Chophouse, Capitol City Brewing Company, Right Proper Brewing Company (opening soon in Shaw), Chocolate City Beer, Three Stars Brewing Company, The Brewer’s Art (Baltimore) and Think Local First DC. Follow @NoMaBID and #NoMaBeerFest and like us on Facebook. Questions about this event? Contact Rachel Davis, Director of Marketing and Events.